Picking a college can be one of the toughest decisions of a football recruits life. For others the decision can come pretty easy. "It came down to, SMU was the biggest school that recruited me," defensive end Kevin Grenier told PonyStampede.com on Monday night.
The Second-Team All-State Arizona player, Grenier was also offered by Northern Arizona and received interests from Arizona, Arizona State, and California, but he fell in love with SMU. "The visit was great. The campus was awesome and the facilities are outstanding. The whole campus is excited that Coach Jones is there and believes he will turn the program around."
If you would have asked Grenier three years ago about playing defensive end in college, he might have looked at you funny. He played quarterback as a junior and it wasn't until his senior season at Salpointe Catholic that Head Coach Dennis Bene moved Grenier to defensive end. The move ended up being a brilliant one. Grenier recorded 17 sacks, 87 tackles, and was named his regions co-defensive player of the year.
SMU normally does not hit Arizona on the recruiting trail, but the SMU coaches found Grenier after his head coach called June Jones. "My coach sent him my tape and he liked what he saw," Grenier said. Jones recruited another former Salpointe Catholic football player in Tyler Graunke when he was at Hawaii.
When asked to compare his game to another football player, the answer was a quick one. "Chris Long. I mean I'm not the biggest defensive end (6'4 240) in the world. Like him, I have to use my speed and quickness at my position." The speed that Grenier is talking about is a 4.8 forty.
"I'm really excited to get started…..I was able to make it the spring game and the defense looked really good under June Jones," stated Grenier. The conversation of red-shirting has not come up yet but Grenier said, "I have a pretty good shot to compete for a position. They are only bringing in one other defensive end…..I will just have to deal with that when it comes up."Grenier would like to major in business. The 3.4 GPA student will enroll at SMU this summer.